Small is the new green

Increasing environmental awareness along with economic and demographic trends favor smaller house sizes. Many cities are doing their part by updating zoning codes to allow cottage housing and small backyard cottages (detached ADU's) on residentially zoned lots. Seattle and Portland are two cities which allow backyard cottages up to 800 sq. ft. in size. These small houses provide opportunities for families, while increasing housing stock density and diversity. Continue reading for more information about small house design and Seattle's backyard cottage ordinance or contact us to find out if your lot is eligible for a backyard cottage.

Tuesday, November 22

handmade modern furniture - 16th workshop


A rare find, furniture that is traditionally crafted and uncompromisingly modern. Seattle based 16th workshop to open a new showroom on Capitol Hill.  16thworkshop



16th workshop is a Seattle based furniture company that designs modern furniture of craft and permanence out of sustainably harvested NW hardwoods. All of their furniture is built by hand in Seattle, using centuries-old joinery methods. The company was founded in 2008, by husband and wife team Chris Armes & Sharon Khosla, who were both trained as architects and worked for some the Northwest’s leading architecture firms. 16th workshop offers a product line of painstakingly designed furniture that is suitable for residential or commercial use.  The young company has enjoyed early success and have been nationally recognized for the timeless elegance and quality of their furniture by publications such as: Dwell, Sunset, Interior Design, Apartment Therapy, and many others.










The showroom will be located in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood at
1205 E. Pike Street.  Suite BA (entrance on 12th). 

To schedule a viewing Chris Armes 206.905.8662 / chris@16thworkshop.com

Wednesday, November 9

backyard cottages for seniors - workshop



What are backyard cottages?  They are detached houses that share a lot with a primary residence, and they have been allowed throughout Seattle since November of 2009.  They can be used for many things including housing an ageing family member, a caretaker, a rental unit or an office. These small houses provide opportunities for families, while increasing housing stock, density and affordability. Join Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, and Justin Arnold to learn more about backyard cottage design, construction, and use.  Bring your ideas, after the presentation we will have plenty of time to answer questions about the specifics of your project.

Backyard Cottages - FinancingNovember 9th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Community School of West Seattle, 9450 22nd Avenue Southwest. 

Microhouse and Ncompass cottage company will be hosting the first of three free backyard cottage workshops.  During the workshop we will discuss the backyard cottage ordinance including details of who can build a backyard cottage, what it might look like, and the how of construction.  In addition, Justin Arnold will be there to discuss construction financing options.  

Backyard Cottages - Seniors: November 30th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, Brick Building Room 32 Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Avenue North
A Matt Long from Husky Senior Care will joining us to discuss aging in place strategies and the design, construction and use of backyard cottages for seniors.  


Backyard Cottages - PNA Home Design and Remodel FairJanuary 29th, from 12:30-1:00pm Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Avenue North
Join us at the Phinney Neighborhood Home Design and Remodel Fair along with a wealth of some 70 other building trade professionals and representatives from Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.

Drop ins are welcome but we prefer it if you RSVP so we can be sure to accommodate you.
RSVP: 
bruce@microhousenw.com (206) 428-8599

Saturday, November 5

magnolia backyard cottage nears completion


magnolia cottage nears completion
A current view of  Ben and January's magnolia backyard cottage.  The drywall is up and the finish work is beginning.  Landscaping should start any day now.  Because of the steep site, limited area, and to protect a mature cedar tree on this ECA site,  this backyard cottage was able to take advantage of the parking waiver.   In most cases one additional parking space is required for a new backyard cottage.  

Tuesday, November 1

free backyard cottage workshop

Would you like to learn more about backyard cottages? Microhouse and Ncompass cottage company will be hosting a free backyard cottage workshop Novermber 9th in West Seattle.  During the workshop we will discuss the backyard cottage ordinance including details of who can build a backyard cottage, what it might look like, and the how of construction.  In addition, Justin Arnold will be there to discuss construction financing options.  Bring your ideas, after the presentation we will have plenty of time to answer questions about the specifics of your project.


Drop ins are welcome but we prefer it if you RSVP so we can be sure to accommodate you.
RSVP: bruce@microhousenw.com (206) 428-8599


Backyard Cottage Workshop
November 9th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Community School of West Seattle, 9450 22nd Avenue Southwest.